spicy jalapeño margarita

We are getting ready for Cinco de Mayo with a margarita recipe for this week’s featured cocktail. The only thing better than a classic margarita, IMO, is a spicy jalapeño margarita. And the key to a great margarita? Good quality tequila and fresh lime juice. Once you make them homemade, you will never want to drink the pre-made mix again.

I also recently purchased a citrus juicer and it has been life changing.

The best thing about this recipe is you can really customize it to be as tart or sweet or spicy as you want it to be. I’ve included a couple different variations in case you want to switch it up!

Makes 2 servings


  • salt
  • ice cubes
  • 4 oz tequila
  • 2 oz triple sec
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • 1/2 jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced (I left a few seeds for some added heat)
  • 3 lime wedges


  • Pour 1/4 inch of salt onto a small, shallow plate. Use a lime wedge to wet the rim of two glasses and dip into salt. Fill with ice and set aside.
  • Pour tequila, triple sec, lime juice, agave nectar, and jalapeño into a cocktail shaker over ice.
  • Cover and shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker has frosted.
  • Strain into the prepared glasses and garnish with slices of jalapeño and lime wedges.


  • For an extra spicy jalapeño margarita, muddle some jalapeño in the bottom of the glass before adding ice.
  • Don’t like spicy? You can also eliminate the jalapeño for a delicious classic margarita.

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